Patrick Messina, is considered by orchestras and audiences to be one of the leading clarinetists of today. In 2003 Patrick Messina became Principal Clarinet of the Orchestre National de France under Kurt Masur's direction. His artistry and talent have made a great impression on several famous conductors such as Bernard Haitink, Daniele Gatti, Daniel Harding and Riccardo Muti, who subsequently, has given him the opportunity to make his debut as a soloist with the Orchestre National de France in two performances of Mozart's Clarinet Concerto at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in April 2007.
A frequent soloist with many orchestras, Patrick Messina has performed with the Houston Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre National de France, the Orchestre de Cannes, the Philharmonie of the Nations, the Orchestre National d'Ile de France and the Orchestre National de Chambre de Toulouse under the direction of Sir Yehudi Menuhin, Jacques Mercier, Justus Frantz, John Axelrod and Jaap van Zweden. In 1996, he made his New York recital debut at Carnegie Hall in the Weill Recital Hall. From 1996 to 2002 he has worked regularly with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in New York and conductors, James Levine, Carlo Rizzi, Leonard Slatkin and Valery Gergiev.
An avid chamber music player Patrick Messina collaborates regularly with Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Katia and Marielle Labeque, Daniel Hope, Matt Haimowitz, Jean-Marc Luisada, Gautier Capuçon, the Elysee and Debussy String Quartet and the Beaux Arts Trio and has appeared regularly in many festivals, including "Les Flaneries Musicales de Reims", the Pablo Casals Festival in Prades, the Yehudi Menuhin Festival in Gstaad, the Savannah Music Festival (USA), the Festival of the Nations, the Mecklenburg Festival, Rostock (Germany) and the Spoleto Festival (Italy).
Patrick Messina is the recipient of numerous prizes and awards. He has captured top prizes at the Buffet Crampon International Competition in Paris; at age 14 he was the youngest member to be selected in the World Youth Orchestra, under the baton of Witold Rowicki, as well as in the National French Youth Orchestra (Orchestre Francais des Jeunes) under the direction of Emmanuel Krivine and in 1992, he became a laureate of the Yehudi Menuhin Foundation. Aged only 18, he was the first prize winner in both the chamber music and clarinet division at the prestigious Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris. In the United States, Mr. Messina won the first prize of the Houston Ima Hogg National Young Artist Competition, the Heida Hermanns International Young Artist Competition and the East & West Artists International Auditions in New York.
Born in Nice, France, of Sicilian and Spanish parents, Mr. Messina began taking clarinet lessons with his father, and continued his studies with such prominent teachers as Guy Deplus, Michel Arrignon at the Paris Conservatory and Franklin Cohen at the Cleveland Institute of Music. In 1994 the Foreign Ministry of France awarded Mr. Messina with the Lavoisier Scholarship which made it possible for him to further his studies in the United States.